Posts for: February, 2017

By George Salem and Associates, PC
February 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

There are many ways our dental treatments can improve the look of your smile.cosmetic dentistry

Is a smile one of the first features you notice about someone? If so, how does your smile measure up? Is it one that someone would find attractive, or would imperfections leave something to be desired? If it’s the latter, it’s okay. That’s where our Braintree, MA dentists come in to provide improvements to your smile with these cosmetic procedures:

Teeth Whitening

While whitening toothpastes can help prevent stains, if you already have yellowing teeth then toothpastes and commercial kits won’t be able to work miracles. If you really want to brighten your smile then you’ll want to talk to our Braintree, MA, cosmetic dentists about professional in-office and at-home whitening. Our in-office whitening system gets teeth several shades whiter in often just one session, while at-home whitening produces amazing results in a couple weeks with the convenience of whitening from home.

Porcelain Veneers

If small cracks, chips and imperfections have left your smile looking less than perfect then these thin porcelain shells can easily mask these issues. These shells are applied to the front surface of your teeth to give you a smile that is more vibrant, even and attractive.

Lumineers

Getting veneers can be amazing for your smile’s appearance but some patients hate the idea of filing down any natural tooth enamel prior to getting their veneers. If you love the idea of veneers but hate the long-term commitment, then Lumineers may better fit your needs.

These extremely thin porcelain shells don’t require any tooth enamel removal prior to being placed. So if you decide, down the road, that you don’t want your Lumineers anymore, we can easily remove them without changing your natural smile.

Dental Implants

If you want to replace one or more missing teeth but want a restoration that will actually last then dental implants may be best for you. These metal posts fuse together with the jawbone to act like tooth roots. These posts then support a dental crown or even a full set of dentures to restore your smile.

Orthodontics

Whether you are a child wanting to fix crooked or gapping smile, or you are an adult, we offer everything from traditional braces to more discreet porcelain braces to Invisalign to meet your personal needs.

If you have questions about any of these dental services above we have answers. Let Dr. George Salem and Associates in Braintree, MA give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of having.


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For some time now you've noticed a painful, burning sensation in your mouth for no apparent reason. It doesn't matter what you eat or drink — or whether you eat or drink — the dry, tingling sensation seems to stay with you.

You may have Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS). You feel as if your mouth is scalded or burning generally or in a certain area like the lips, tongue or inside of the cheeks. Regardless, the discomfort (which seems to grow as the day wears on) can contribute to irritability, anxiety or depression.

It's not always easy to lock in on the specific cause. BMS has been linked, among other things, to diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, or cancer therapy. It's common among women around the age of menopause, so there's some speculation it could be affected by hormonal changes. It could also be connected with dry mouth (brought on by age or medications), an allergic reaction to toothpaste ingredients, acid reflux or autoimmune disorders.

While there's no single proven treatment for BMS, there are some things you can do to lessen its effects. First, stop habits that cause dry mouth like smoking, drinking alcohol or coffee and eating hot and spicy foods. Second, keep your mouth moist by frequently drinking water or using products that stimulate saliva flow.

You might also try toothpastes without sodium lauryl sulfate (a detergent that can cause skin peeling in some people), whiteners or strong flavorings like cinnamon. If you have chronic dry mouth, speak with your physician about any medications you're taking that might be causing it and seek alternatives. And because stress seems to magnify your symptoms, try to reduce it in your life through relaxation techniques, exercise or group support.

In some cases, BMS may resolve itself over time. In the mean time, making these lifestyle changes could help ease your discomfort.

If you would like more information on burning mouth syndrome, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Burning Mouth Syndrome: A Painful Puzzle.”




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